Ah, life advice! It’s that wonderful thing that we just looove handing out (but hate listening to). Among all the pleasures in life, handing out life advice to a friend or even a complete stranger on the internet has got to rank among the top 100, for sure. And there’s hardly anything better than giving someone advice that we ourselves should be following but aren’t, am I right, dear Pandas?

For instance, I know so much about eating healthily, it’s ridiculous. Do I practice what I preach? Heck no! However, this list is about surprisingly good advice. Advice that’s useful. Timely. Concise. And, frankly, just spot-on. Internet users started sharing all these golden nuggets of wisdom after LA-based TV writer Amanda Deibert created a viral Twitter thread. Bored Panda reached out to her about her thread and you can find what she told us below.

Scroll down and upvote the advice you think is the best and be sure to share some of your own pearls of wisdom in the comment section below. But beware: even though these tips are useful, far from every bit of advice is good for us, as we’re about to find out.

More info: Twitter | AmandaDeibert.com

Image credits: amandadeibert

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Jihan Kim
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8 months ago

Keanu "the golden" Reeves

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tuzdayschild
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8 months ago

My parents taught me that too. "If you can't afford to give it away, you can't afford to loan it."

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Deal _Anneal
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8 months ago

It’s better to have your nose in a book than someone else’s business. Periodt ƪ(˘⌣˘)ʃ

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Amanda told Bored Panda that the thread had a lot of great advice and "a wealth of amazing wisdom." In her opinion, the reason why we're so great at giving advice instead of listening to it is that it's easier to see situations clearly for other people.

"When it is our own life, we also have to deal with our own emotions and attachments and habits. I can easily see something with detachment when it isn't my own issue. I think it is actually incredibly difficult to detach and really look at your own life," she explained.

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Tee
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8 months ago

This is true. Family members can be so Toxic...

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Debra Trayler
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8 months ago

That's really important - thanks for sharing!

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Andrew Gibb
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8 months ago

babies are calmer for calm parents

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We were also interested to get Amanda's opinion on how we can learn to follow our own advice better. After all, quite a lot of us know what we should be doing better in life but aren't following our own tips despite knowing they're good.

"I think change is difficult and scary and most good advice revolves around change. Actually, that was one of my favorite bits of advice in the thread: not making a decision is a decision... and it's the easiest one to make. I think the best way around it is to remember that. Good things are difficult and take work, but sitting back and allowing life to just happen is a choice."

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Kristof De Smet
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8 months ago

I always do. Never a good idea to show you're not home.

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tuzdayschild
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8 months ago

Wow, she was way ahead of the game.

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Sum Guy
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8 months ago

It's something we all subconsciously do, we tend to pay more attention to people who are like us

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‘Inc.’ points out that successful entrepreneurs “know the value of listening to advice from others,” however, they suggest having a “buyer must beware” type of mentality. In other words, you can’t switch off your mind and follow someone blindly: you might end up in the middle of the woods with no road in sight.

For instance, ‘Inc.’ suggests keeping a keen eye on the context in which the advice was given: are you at a boardroom or a bar? Also, keep in mind that far from everyone is out to help you. They might give you bad advice to slow you down or send you spiraling in the wrong direction. (Yup, corporate life can be brutal.)

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Laura Dawson
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8 months ago

Negan said this too

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troufaki13
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8 months ago

You don't have to be liked by everyone, just as you don't like everyone you meet! :)

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Scagsy
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8 months ago

Anyone who thinks dogs are obedient all the time clearly haven't had any experience with Chihuahuas

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Furthermore, you really should be wary of unsolicited advice. Always ask yourself: what is this person’s motivation? What do they gain from me following their advice? Is there any substance to it? Is it self-serving? Do they simply like hearing themselves talk? When you really start digging deep, you’ll find that there are few diamonds in the rough among the lumps of coal. But the gems you find—they’re priceless when polished with practice and proper application.

The thing about advice is that there’s no panacea, no single cure-all tidbit of wisdom that’s going to apply to everyone equally. Some relationship advice is going to be fantastic for somebody going through a break-up but not for someone in the middle of a marriage crisis.

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BorPand8
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8 months ago

Besides, if you stay in that marriage you're teaching your kids that this is what marriage looks like and all the stuff your spouse is doing is okay.

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Sum Guy
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8 months ago

That's not the best advice for me... I can keep a straight face.

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Kookamunga
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8 months ago

Edward, aren't you due back under your bridge? Go away, troll.

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Similarly, specific dieting advice might work for a small handful of pro-athletes, but it might be barely effective for someone looking to lose weight. It’s all about weighing in and evaluating each bit of advice separately. What works for someone else might not work for you and vice versa.

However, we can over-think things and we might get analysis paralysis if we only think about which advice is good for us without actually testing some of it out. At least some experimentation is necessary for us to determine what tips and tricks work for us and which ones are best left for someone else.

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Kari Panda
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8 months ago

Depends on the company and the person you answer to, sadly. Many bosses do want to be asked about every little thing.

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Canadian in Cornwall
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8 months ago

this is great!

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El Dee
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8 months ago

The fly in the ointment here is that it isn't always apparent to you that you are ill. By the time it is you are probably VERY ill and going for help may be yet more difficult than normal..

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The problem is that most of us have an opinion about most things. And it can be… difficult to see the difference between somebody’s opinion masquerading as advice and actual advice that the person has applied in their lives and found success. So asking a few follow-up questions is always a plus. Best-case scenario? You go in-depth and fill that noggin of yours with even more useful knowledge than you thought was available. Worst-case scenario? You find out that the person hasn’t been following their own advice and is only speaking on a theoretical level.

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DogMom
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8 months ago

Can confirm

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El Dee
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8 months ago

Yup, especially her age group laundry WAS a nightmare. More handwashing, no dryers, irons were antiquated and made heavy work of shirts etc. No materials that DIDN'T need ironing!

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8 months ago

wasn't there a study done investigating a correlation between severity of criminal conviction and time since the Judge's lunch break?

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Speaking of which, isn’t it amazing how bad some of us can be in following our advice? We know what works. We’ve seen it work. We’ve doled out the advice to others and watched it work miracles, but we still won’t cut back on our sugar intake/go for nature walks/try meditating every day. Sometimes, it all comes down to just doing it because our minds can (and will) find every excuse known to humankind just to keep you in your comfort zone.

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Monday
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8 months ago

Not sure the first part always applies. You being afraid of emailing them could be just as much a reflection of your personality as it could be of theirs.

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8 months ago

When I run for President in 20 or so years, I’m going to go for the philosopher angle. Hopefully, the difference between me and the other candidates (and previous presidents) will make people at least stop and think. I don’t want to win, but if I can just make two people closer or make one cop stop and think before he shoots, that will be worth everything.

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BorPand8
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8 months ago

Standing up for yourself is important too.

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This isn’t the first time that Bored Panda has written about TV writer Amanda. We’ve already featured her threads in articles before, including about a seemingly ordinary-looking house listing that’s actually got tons of mannequins posed inside, as well as her thread about women sharing all the ways they protect themselves while running.

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Sheila Stamey
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8 months ago

Some days when you can just barely show up are because of the day before. But show up! Today is the day to start making your happy ending. Until the day they put you in the grave, is never too late to have one.

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Fred Van Der Zee
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8 months ago

Just make a decision. If it turns out wrong, learn from it. If it turns out right, learn from it. And: not making a decision is also a decision.

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Dippin Dot
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8 months ago

In addition, stories make the interview feel more like an informal chat instead of being stuffy. And chatting makes you more relaxed, making it easier to show your true self!

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Sara Elizabeth
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8 months ago

I always try to give myself overnight or at least a few hours after writing something important for work. Fresh eyes let you see a lot.

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Marcellus the Third
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8 months ago

"No it isn't"

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Aeon Flux
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8 months ago

It's like adding salt to a dish you're cooking.

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troufaki13
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8 months ago

I love cooking, but every now and then I will indulge myself to a souvlaki! :)

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Sheila Stamey
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8 months ago (edited)

Do it!! It's going to be a wonderful thing!

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Monday
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8 months ago

Except when it is your job to educate somebody. Then you should do it.

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Stille20
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8 months ago

You can't plan everything and sometimes the things you don't plan on are the best things that happen to you.

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El Dee
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8 months ago

Even people who own taxis have to take them off the road to service them. If you treat yourself at least as well as that then it won't be JUST as bad..

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